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  • Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

    The COSMOS II from:
    is now available, in some places, like... my house, for example.

    After some email correspondence with a rep from CM, they decided that one of my ideas had merit enough to continue forward.

    I researched the case as much as I could, it is made from mostly aluminum but the only one I had seen was black, and the one at MaximumPC Magazine, for their Dream Machine, was custom painted hot-rod yellow.

    But what to do with this amazing piece of work?

    As you may know by looking at my other mods, I'm heavily influenced by architecture.
    My Inspiration this time was the Chrysler Building in New York, covered in iconic symbols, the "gargoyle" eagles in particular.



    My idea was fairly simple in scope to start with. It honestly was only half-formed.



    Doing an Art Deco Themed Eagle wings along the sides of the case was really all I had to go on.
    I did have one trick I wanted to flip though, under each wing shelf I wanted to run a series of lights that would shine downward on to the next wing piece. If that drawing makes sense.

    Well, in reality, the case was considerably larger that what I had originally thought. And the doors are a fair amount thicker as well. Which will come in very handy. I want to come up with a nifty plan to use one light inside of the case to light up the wings on the outside.
    AzTtec - Level 10 GT Mod
    Gothic Church Mod

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    Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

    Arrival on Dec. the 28th.

    Shipped up from So. Cal. in this. Boy was it heavy. The UPS delivery guy was really nice about it when he brought it in though.



    After cutting away all the tape and plastic wrapping. I realized it was packed very well.



    I had been sent an engineering sample, that happened to be sliver, hooray!



    It's beautiful, and silver, and BIG. Boy it's BIG!!!!

    And pretty heavy as well.

    It's got a nice set of controls on a pad up top, and a complete interface bay for all your plug in needs.
    I'll be getting rid of that. Probably just relocating it though, not omitting it completely.




    The sliding door is a nice touch too. Two neodymium magnets hold the door in place and it's set up on a friction gear so it doesn't bang down when you break the magnet contact.





    The doors on this are super slick and open very easily, they pop right off to get them out of the way for interior access.



    The door skins themselves are firmly attached with double-sided adhesive tape. Not too bad to take apart though.




    A great little piece of proprietary controls is located under the head of this unit. Hooked to a mini ribbon cable is the touch pad.



    While removing the touch pad, it was pretty well secured with double-stick adhesive tape. And my "gentle" prodding and prying became more than it could handle and I broke it. OOPS! Okay that needs replaced. or modded, or something.



    The handles, and runners (legs, feet, whatever you call them), are solid metal, very good construction, and well attached to the cage. They are so nice, I might even keep them.



    And the cage in it's most skeletal form. I'm almost sure I'm going to leave it completely alone.




    Thanks for looking!


    Dan
    AzTtec - Level 10 GT Mod
    Gothic Church Mod

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    • #3
      Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

      Cool! I can't wait to see what you do with this monster. I still need to figure out what to do with mine. :wink:
      www.bods-mods.com

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      • #4
        Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

        Ah man. you guys got Cosmos II to mod... I feel sooo left out :-(

        Maybe Lulu did not like the last Comos I modded... ops:




        WORKLOG HERE


        This should be a kick ass mod worklog to watch!
        Cut it, Paint it, Mod it. Void Your Warranty
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        • #5
          Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

          Your design fits the case perfectly! this should be another awesome project to watch unfold. I love Art Deco Eagles btw...

          This is the biggest marketing campaign for one case I've seen to date... I know 5 other modders worldwide who received CMII samples as well. CM planned and executed this brilliantly. It will be interesting to see if other case manufacturers have any new full tower unveils planned for CES, next week. They will surely be eclipsed by the CMII's shadow.
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          • #6
            Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

            I've seen at least three other Cosmos II worklogs pop up in the last couple days. All great ideas! Will be fun to watch them come to fruition. I got my case as part of last year's contest prize winnings. I was given my choice of full tower case, and the one I picked wasn't available anymore, so I opted to wait for this one. And I'm glad I did! It's got so many possibilities, with room to spare!
            www.bods-mods.com

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            • #7
              Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

              I've seen at least three other Cosmos II worklogs pop up in the last couple days. All great ideas! Will be fun to watch them come to fruition. I got my case as part of last year's contest prize winnings. I was given my choice of full tower case, and the one I picked wasn't available anymore, so I opted to wait for this one. And I'm glad I did! It's got so many possibilities, with room to spare!
              Oh wow, you got it as a prize? That's a great thing to wait for. Well worth it.
              AzTtec - Level 10 GT Mod
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              • #8
                Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

                I've seen at least three other Cosmos II worklogs pop up in the last couple days. All great ideas! Will be fun to watch them come to fruition. I got my case as part of last year's contest prize winnings. I was given my choice of full tower case, and the one I picked wasn't available anymore, so I opted to wait for this one. And I'm glad I did! It's got so many possibilities, with room to spare!
                Oh wow, you got it as a prize? That's a great thing to wait for. Well worth it.
                Looks like I get to join in on the party. Maybe I can get a real Cooler Master rep title if someone points me in the right direction.

                Boddaker did the Tron mod that won our Global Case Mod competition. You've received some praise from some very capable modders there. I'm looking forward to seeing this in person later this month.

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                Nic
                Cooler Master USA, Inc.

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                • #9
                  Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

                  Welcome Nic!

                  We are happy to see you here and I created a title for you.

                  We also have a started at Manufactures section where you can post whatever you like and have the community interact directly to you. Just let me know and I make it up for you in a flash.

                  dmcgrath and Boddaker have both made some kick ass mods that we all have enjoyed looking at and dreamed about owning them :-)
                  Cut it, Paint it, Mod it. Void Your Warranty
                  #moddersinc @moddersinc
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                  • #10
                    Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

                    Welcome Nic!

                    We are happy to see you here and I created a title for you.

                    We also have a started at Manufactures section where you can post whatever you like and have the community interact directly to you. Just let me know and I make it up for you in a flash.

                    dmcgrath and Boddaker have both made some kick ass mods that we all have enjoyed looking at and dreamed about owning them :-)
                    Thanks for the fast turnaround. I like to expand my presence whenever possible. You can also find me on the EVGA and Hardware Canucks forums as Nic-CM.

                    I'm definitely interested in modding as I dabble on the side. I've been focused on modding broken or altered antiques to become computer cases. I may eventually work up to the amount of detail that you guys take it to, but for now it's all experimentation.

                    Should you have any questions related to Cooler Master or feel that your upcoming modding project will need a touch of Cooler Master flavor, shoot me a PM. We're only able to hookup a select few modders here and there, but it surely doesn't hurt to ask.

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                    • #11
                      Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

                      Okay, getting back on track, here's my next installment of pics and tricks.

                      The picture below illustrates my intentions pretty well. I want to have light coming in, from the interior of the case, shining right into a place where the whole fiber optic cable is secured. From there the cables will be split apart and routed to their specific locations. All of this cable will be hidden within the door. There will be no wires or lights actually in the doors, so they will still be easily removable.



                      Each wing section, as I mentioned earlier is going to step outward from the bottom wing section to the top. Under each “shelf” is going to be a series of tiny lights, using the fiber optic cables, to create a very subtle but dramatic effect. Especially, I assume, in lower light environments.

                      A little close up, the aluminum is going to be either tooled with "rivets" in it or I'll find some way to do it with little silver dots of glue or something.



                      A few more ideas flowed out regarding the overall design of the case. I may do even more drawings, it can’t hurt to get as much out as possible. I am really liking the wing design on the bottom drawing, it’s much more sleek and stylish. The other ones I’ve illustrated previously seemed too angular. I am still going more for a bird style in the case. I know the drawings look a bit more like the newer Cylon from Battlestar Galactica (which would’ve also been kinda neat to make), but that won’t be my intent.



                      I think a bit more like this face. hopefully it will all translate into formed metal.



                      Looking at a few more in process pics, while I wait for the aluminum sheet and fiber optic cables to arrive. I glued a bit of styrofoam on. It's pretty solid stuff and should make a great backing for the aluminum.





                      And then I get in there and get messy, and scratchy, man that stuff is pretty coarse when removed from the blocks and it piles up like unmelting snow.







                      I might put the control panel back in here somewhere. It seems a likely place, but I'm not worried about it's placement...yet.

                      Thanks for looking!
                      AzTtec - Level 10 GT Mod
                      Gothic Church Mod

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                      • #12
                        Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

                        oh cool another peace of art coming out here
                        http://www.modscases.com

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                        • #13
                          Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod



                          Well the aluminum has arrived and I have gotten to work!



                          I've gotten a kind of neat looking plan that involves making smaller square(ish) sections with rivets around each border.



                          I shaped the beak area a bit more. It looked very weird being so broad. So it will taper quite a bit more.
                          I also drew lines where I think the wings will start off the front as well.



                          Then while waiting for the fiber optic cable to arrive. I decided to get working on the aluminum squares.
                          I cut about 200 of them. I may need as many as 500, but I'm starting with less and working my way towards that.
                          It's very time consuming work.



                          I created a modified metal punch by rounding the tip to prevent it from cutting through the material, and pounded a bunch of dents around the edges.



                          I didn't really like just doing that, I ended up taking a small pastry roller, really just a wooden rod, and I flattened out the dents again.
                          - It looks really great in person. -
                          The dents represent rivets, without having the actual rivets. And they stay easier to work with in the long run, as I can layer them over one another with very little effort.




                          This is a few of them, just laid flat for a quick picture, to view the overall effect.
                          I also had to file and sand the edges a bit to dull them for handling.



                          Then my good old trusty MS Optical v1.0 mouse decided to die on me. I think it's just dirt, but I swapped in a temp anyway (one that's really worse but works more consistently). I took it apart for the USB cable, so I could have a tool to hook up a single LED and start testing because the fiber optic cable arrived.



                          I just used the 5v lead in the USB to pug directly to a LED and light it up. Then I hooked it to the end of the fiber optic cable to play around. I really don't think it's going to be enough light using the micro strands that I purchased. They are .5 mm in width. And despite my best efforts it's just not enough light.



                          Thankfully, the company I bought them from also provided me with a sample pack of other width strands. They had a 2mm strand that is a lot harder to work with but ultimately should provide exactly the type of illumination effect I'm going for.

                          Below is the LED, it's very effective, but a tad on the bright side. And the worst part of it to me is that I'd have to wire up the doors. Something I didn't want to do. I wanted to light it without having to use power going to the doors.



                          Now this looks a bit better. I used a pretty short piece of the 2mm to show the lighting effect, that's why you can see it above. But I think 10 or so of these lights on every wing shelf will look pretty dramatic without overpowering it. Which is also what the LEDs would end up doing, I think.




                          Thanks for looking!
                          AzTtec - Level 10 GT Mod
                          Gothic Church Mod

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                          • #14
                            Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

                            I've gotten the fantastic human named Paul from to donate my much needed 2mm strand of fiber optics.
                            It's going to work out wonderfully for the project and I thank him immensely for his participation.
                            The store has pretty much what you need in the way of fiber optics (of course), and even things I had never seen before, like side firing fiber optic strands.
                            A great idea for a computer mod using that material has GOT to be in someone's near future, so I recommend you click the above link and go check that stuff out. There's even an embedded video of it's testing and usage.

                            Here's what he sent me.



                            And here is another cheap online purchase I made, I wanted the clustered LED panels from those flashlights and they put out a bunch of light.





                            I'll probably keep the housings around in case I need them for something, they are all aluminum and I hate to throw stuff away. (I might even use the switches out of the back of them in this very project)




                            I started making some of the aluminum covering the top piece. Arguably, the easiest part first. It still took several days to complete.



                            Some of it was pretty tough to clamp during gluing. I do love Gorilla Glue and I will continue to use it. But the "WHITE" version is not as effective, I've found. It works fine for porous materials, but the stuff I'm working with is anything but that.

                            The white Gorilla Glue has failed on me several times in the process so I've gone back to the brown version, and it's working as intended. It takes longer to set and cure, but it has not failed and forced me to re-glue on anything I've ever used it on.


                            For the final product, it's turning out pretty nice I think.



                            I tried just sanding and polishing it, I got it quite shiny and even used some metal polish compound. It looked pretty spectacular. But, then I got fingerprints all over it. It looked terrible and was never able to hold that shine for long, so I rethought my approach and have decided to make it a matte base, I have a little brass wire brush that attaches to my Dremel.



                            The textured look really grabs light from all kinds of directions and looks a lot better in my opinion, as well as being a much more resilient surface in general.









                            I got some car body filler and used it to patch the holes on the top of the case where the handles used to come out of.



                            And on the next installment I'll be building the wings. Maybe out of MORE FOAM (like the foam core poster board, below).



                            Thanks for looking!
                            AzTtec - Level 10 GT Mod
                            Gothic Church Mod

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                            • #15
                              Cooler Master Cosmos II - Mod

                              Excellent work!




                              Next time will be in titanium?

                              Guggenheim Bilbao.

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